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Adult STEAM: Fibonacci Doodling

Adult STEAM: Fibonacci Doodling

Published: April 09, 2019

If you’ve been intrigued by the pattern of a nautilus shell or the spirals that mark how a pine cone’s seeds grow, you’ve noticed the mathematically-based Fibonacci sequence.

Named after an Italian mathematician named Leonardo da Pisa who wrote a textbook called Liber Abbaci (the Book of Calculation) in 1202, the book marked a shift in using Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals in calculations.

Da Pisa (who became known as Fibonacci, a shortened form of ‘son of Bonacci’ – his family’s surname) documented a mathematical sequence that helps explain why spirals appear in the natural world. It’s this series of numbers that also give rise to the ‘golden mean,’ an aesthetically pleasing illustration of the ratios of the parts of an object to its sum (found in art and design throughout history).

At the Library’s upcoming Adult STEAM workshop, we’ll explore the math and the patterns that Fibonacci laid out, and we’ll create our own drawings using these fascinating principles. You don’t have to be an engineer or an artist to make sense of the seminar – it’s all pretty intuitive when you see what’s involved!

Supplies will be provided, so please register by calling 828.465.8665 to ensure that everyone has materials. The workshop takes place at 6 pm on Thursday, April 18 at the Main Library in Newton.